Telangana to procure paddy through 6,545 centres

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Hyderabad, Oct 18 | Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday said that the government will procure paddy from farmers during the ongoing monsoon season as was done last year.

He directed the Civil Supplies Department officials to procure paddy through 6,545 purchase centres formed last year. At a review meeting on the issue, he said farmers should not feel worried or anxious about the paddy procurement in the state.

He suggested to farmers to clean their paddy, ensure that it had no moisture, and bring dry paddy to the procurement centres. He said the government was taking all measures to procure the paddy as per the Minimum Support Price (MSP).

Meanwhile, the Chief Minister decided hold an extended meeting with the district Collectors and senior officials of the Forest Department on October 23 on the Podu lands issue and Haritha Haaram programme.

According to Chief Minister’s Office (CMO), the day-long meeting would discuss the problems faced by the tribals, Adivasis who are doing the shifting cultivation (Podu). It will discuss measures to solve the problems sympathetically and also measures to be taken to protect and preserve the forests.

The meeting would formulate a comprehensive action plan on these issues.

While assessing the results so far obtained by the Haritha Haaram programme, the meeting would also discuss the future action plan.

Before the meeting, a team of three top officials will study and examine the Podu lands issue at the field level in the forest areas. The official team will visit the forest by a helicopter from October 20 to 22.

The team will comprise Special Chief Secretary Shanti Kumar, Tribal Welfare Secretary Christina Z. Chongtu and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Shobha.

The proposed meeting on Podu land issue will be attended by Forest Minister A. Indrakaran Reddy, Tribal Welfare Minister Satyavathi Rathod, Panchayat Raj Minister E. Dayakar Rao, Secretaries of the departments concerned, heads of the departments, all district Collectors, district Conservators of Forest, Divisional Forest Officers, ITDA Project Officers and others.

Source: IANS

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Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Does MBA really help in getting a better job offer ?

Most students pursuing an MBA come with the sole objective of having a decent job offer or a promotion in the existing job soon after completion of the MBA. And most of them take loans to pursue this career dream. According to a recent survey by education portal Campusutra.com  74% MBA 2022-24 aspirants said they would opt for education loans.

There are exceptional cases like those seeking master’s degree or may have a family business to take care of or an entrepreneurial venture in mind. But the exception cases are barely 1%. For the rest 99%, a management degree is a ticket to a dream job through campus placements or leap towards career enhancements. Stakes are high as many of them quit their jobs which essentially means loss of 2 years of income, apprehension and uncertainty of the job market. On top of that, the pressure to pay back the education loans. Hence the returns have to be high. There is more than just the management degree. Colleges need to ensure that they offer quality management education which enables them to be prepared for not just the demands of recruiters and for a decent job but also to sustain and achieve, all along their career path.

  • So, what exactly are the B Schools doing to prepare their students for the job market and make them industry ready ?
  •  Are B schools ready to deliver and prepare the future business leaders to cope up with the disrupted market ?  

These are the two key questions every MBA aspirant needs to ask, check and validate before filling the MBA application forms of management institutes. And worth mentioning that these application forms do not come cheap. An MBA aspirant who may have shortlisted 5 B Schools to apply for, may end up spending Rs 10,000.00 to Rs 15,000.00 just buying MBA / PGDM application forms.

While internship and placements data of some management institutes clearly indicates that recruiters today have specific demands. The skill sets looked for are job centric and industry oriented. MBA schools which have adopted new models of delivery and technology, redesigned their courses, built an effective evaluation process and prepared the students to cope with the dynamic business scenario, have done great with campus placements despite the economic slow down.

However, the skill set being looked for by a consulting company like Deloitte or KPMG may be quite different from FMCG or a manufacturing sector. Institutes need to acknowledge this fact and act accordingly.

  • Management institutes should ensure that students are intellectually engaged, self motivated and adapt to changes fast. In one word ‘VUCA ready’.
  • B Schools should encourage students to participate in national and international competitive events, simulations of business scenarios.
  • Institutes should have the right mix of faculty members with industry exposure and pure academics.

The placement records of 2021 across top management institutes indicated the fact that recruitment is happening, skilled talent is in demand and certain management institutions continued to attract recruiters even in the middle of an ongoing crisis.

It is time, all management institutes rise to the occasion, understand market realities and identify areas of improvement at both ends – students and faculty.

After all, the stakes are high at both ends. B Schools taking corrective measures will stay while those which are lagging will end up shutting down.

Author Name : Nirmalya Pal

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